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Europe and the Islamic world : a history /
John Tolan, Gilles Veinstein, and Henry Laurens ; translated by Jane Marie Todd ; with a foreword by John L. Esposito.
imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2013.
description
xi, 478 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0691147051 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780691147055 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c2013.
isbn
0691147051 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780691147055 (hardcover : alk. paper)
general note
Henry Laurens's name appears first on the original French ed.
catalogue key
8679144
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [439]-444) and index.
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" Europe and the Islamic World makes for an interesting and sometimes provocative volume. In this erudite book, three distinguished scholars give their unique perspectives on Muslim-European political encounters, cultural exchanges, representations, and interactions. Their argument is that these encounters have been many, diverse, and ongoing. Europe and the Islamic World informs--and large parts of it entertain."--Virginia H. Aksan, author of Ottomans and Europeans: Contacts and Conflicts "Many Americans and Europeans take it for granted that the West and Islam are at war and always have been. Tolan, Veinstein, and Laurens argue that we are part of the same civilization, for all the violence and conflict over the centuries. Europe and the Islamic World is a book of great learning and great passion."--Mark Gregory Pegg, author of The Corruption of Angels: The Great Inquisition of 1245-1246
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"This penetrating and nuanced study by three French scholars should finally lay to rest simplistic and superficial notions about an age-old 'clash of civilizations' between the Islamic and Western worlds. For all the ways that clerics on opposite sides tried to uphold Manichaean distinctions between believers and infidels, the real story is a much more complex one of shared human values, vigorous commercial trading, invented or reinvented traditions, and mutual cultural penetration within a mosaic of political rivalries, with religious rhetoric used both to legitimize power and mobilize resistance. This important book, which sets the scene for urgent contemporary issues, should be necessary reading for anyone seriously interested in global affairs."--Malise Ruthven, author of Islam in the World " Europe and the Islamic World makes for an interesting and sometimes provocative volume. In this erudite book, three distinguished scholars give their unique perspectives on Muslim-European political encounters, cultural exchanges, representations, and interactions. Their argument is that these encounters have been many, diverse, and ongoing. Europe and the Islamic World informs--and large parts of it entertain."--Virginia H. Aksan, author of Ottomans and Europeans: Contacts and Conflicts "Many Americans and Europeans take it for granted that the West and Islam are at war and always have been. Tolan, Veinstein, and Laurens argue that we are part of the same civilization, for all the violence and conflict over the centuries. Europe and the Islamic World is a book of great learning and great passion."--Mark Gregory Pegg, author of The Corruption of Angels: The Great Inquisition of 1245-1246
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-05-01:
Tolan (Univ. of Nantes, France), Veinstein, and Laurens (both, College de France), three eminent scholars of Islamic history, have largely succeeded in their ambitious attempt to write a history of the interaction between Europe and the Islamic world. With each contributor authoring one of the three sections on the medieval, Ottoman, and post-18th-century periods, the work has the feel of three separate books. This point aside, such a collaborative work is necessary to provide an in-depth, scholarly account of this vast subject matter. All sections go beyond the general narrative of European-Muslim military encounters and examine the intellectual, cultural, and artistic exchanges, as well as the tremendous economic impact that occurred throughout history. Using diverse sources that would be beyond any single scholar, the authors present a detailed account of these encounters. The areas that receive the most attention are Islamic Spain, the Crusades, the Ottoman Empire, and the expansion of the Great Powers into the Middle East and North Africa. The Muslim regions of Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa receive almost no attention. The comprehensive coverage of the subject matter makes this work the new standard in the field. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. W. Zens Le Moyne College
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" Europe and the Islamic World is a major antidote of this dangerous myopic worldview, offering a critical and balanced assessment of a historic encounter marked not only by religious competition and conflict but also by coexistence and cooperation in domestic politics and foreign relations, trade and commerce, science and culture."-- Lisa Kaaki, Arab News
[ Europe and the Islamic World ] is an important contribution to an ever more urgent debate. By providing a wealth of inconvenient detail that fails to fit in to the simplistic stereotypes, it challenges the very notion that humanity can be divided into separate 'civilisations', however bitter at times the conflict between them.
"[ Europe and the Islamic World ] is an important contribution to an ever more urgent debate. By providing a wealth of inconvenient detail that fails to fit in to the simplistic stereotypes, it challenges the very notion that humanity can be divided into separate 'civilisations', however bitter at times the conflict between them."-- Jonathan Harris, History Today
The comprehensive coverage of the subject matter makes this work the new standard in the field.
"The comprehensive coverage of the subject matter makes this work the new standard in the field."-- Choice
[T]his is serious history and, as such, seriously worthwhile.
"[T]his is serious history and, as such, seriously worthwhile."-- Robert Irwin, Literary Review
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Summaries
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This title sheds much-needed light on the shared roots of Islamic and Western cultures and on the richness of their inextricably intertwined histories, refuting once and for all the misguided notion of a 'clash of civilizations' between the Muslim world and Europe.
Main Description
Europe and the Islamic World sheds much-needed light on the shared roots of Islamic and Western cultures and on the richness of their inextricably intertwined histories, refuting once and for all the misguided notion of a "clash of civilizations" between the Muslim world and Europe. In this landmark book, three eminent historians bring to life the complex and tumultuous relations between Genoans and Tunisians, Alexandrians and the people of Constantinople, Catalans and Maghrebis--the myriad groups and individuals whose stories reflect the common cultural, intellectual, and religious heritage of Europe and Islam. Since the seventh century, when the armies of Constantinople and Medina fought for control of Syria and Palestine, there has been ongoing contact between the Muslim world and the West. This sweeping history vividly recounts the wars and the crusades, the alliances and diplomacy, commerce and the slave trade, technology transfers, and the intellectual and artistic exchanges. Here readers are given an unparalleled introduction to key periods and events, including the Muslim conquests, the collapse of the Byzantine Empire, the commercial revolution of the medieval Mediterranean, the intellectual and cultural achievements of Muslim Spain, the crusades and Spanish reconquest, the rise of the Ottomans and their conquest of a third of Europe, European colonization and decolonization, and the challenges and promise of this entwined legacy today. As provocative as it is groundbreaking, this book describes this shared history in all its richness and diversity, revealing how ongoing encounters between Europe and Islam have profoundly shaped both.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
General Introductionp. 1
Saracens and Ifranj: Rivalries, Emulation, and Convergences
The Geographers' World: From Arabia Felix to the Balad al-Ifranj (Land of the Franks)p. 11
Conquest and Its Justifications: Jihad, Crusade, Reconquistap. 27
The Social Inferiority of Religious Minorities: Dhimmis and Mudejarsp. 49
In Search of Egyptian Gold: Traders in the Mediterraneanp. 70
On the Shoulders of Giants: Transmission and Exchange of Knowledgep. 87
The Great Turk and Europe
Introduction to Part II: Continuity and Change in Geopoliticsp. 111
The Ottoman Conquest in Europep. 120
Ottoman Europe: An Ancient Fracturep. 149
Antagonistic Figuresp. 163
The Islamic-Christian Border in Europep. 186
Breaches in the Conflictp. 206
Europe and the Muslim World in the Contemporary Period
Introduction to Part IIIp. 257
The Eighteenth Century as Turning Pointp. 259
Civilization, or Conquest?p. 277
The Age of Reformp. 295
The Age of Empirep. 322
The First Blows to European Dominationp. 338
The Great War and the Beginning of Emancipationp. 360
Contemporary Issuesp. 387
Notesp. 405
Selected Bibliographyp. 439
Indexp. 445
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